Michael Douglas reveals why he lied about having throat cancer

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The actor has now revealed the true details of his battle with cancer

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Michael Douglas has revealed that he lied about the type of cancer he has been battling, to protect his longtime acting career and the promotion of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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Opening up to Samuel L Jackson on a Male Cancer Awareness Week TV special for This Morning, Michael revealed that although it was true he was suffering with a stage 4 diagnosis, he was in fact fighting tongue cancer.

So why not tell the truth? Apparently, to avoid jeopardising the promo tour for his latest film at the time.

"This was right before I had to go on a big tour for Wall Street so we kind of said there's no way we can cancel the tour and say we don't feel well.

"I said, 'You've just got to come out and just tell them I've got cancer and that's that.'

"The surgeon said, 'Let's just say it's throat cancer, [because] if we do have to have surgery, it's not going to be pretty. You'll lose part of you jaw and your tongue.' So I said, 'OK sure.'"

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